Beautiful People

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

2
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 08, 2005 on ABC Family
8.7
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When Lynn Kerr's daughter Sophie wins a scholarship to an elite school she must pack up her two daughters and move from New Mexico to New York City. As Sophie starts school she quickly finds out the school is run by the "beautiful people" and they aren't too impressed by her.moreless

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  • When Lynn Kerr's daughter Sophie wins a scholarship to an elite school she must pack up her two daughters and move from New Mexico to New York City.

    9.0
    It's a great episode! The main characters are : Karen, Sophie Kehr and their mother. I really like this pilot episode! Yes! I want to review it again and again! I hope you like it! Unfortunately, there is not many seasons. I am really sad because i love this show! So i hope you really really like it! Okay, kisses to all spectators and see you soon. Bye and good view! Kisses Kisses Kisses Kisses Kisses Kisses Kisses Kisses Kisses Kisses Kisses Kisses Kisses Kisses!!

    If you have news about this show, thanks to tell me!

    We can see too Jackson Rathbone, a Twilight's actor.moreless
  • Lynn Kerr is a recent divorcee with two daughters; high school sophomore, Sophie, and aspiring model, Karen. When Sophie receives a full scholarship to a prestigious prep school in New York City Lynn uproots her two daughters and moves from New Mexicomoreless

    9.0
    This is a typical pilot episode. It introduces the main characters and sets up the initial conflicts. Dealing mainly with Sophie and her new school the other plot lines involve the older sister Karen who finds out that modeling in New York is far more competitive than it was in New Mexico. Sophie and Karen’s mother Lynn is not without her own drama. She is recently divorced and not looking for a new romance. However, a boyfriend from twenty years earlier reenters her life in the form Of Julian Fiske father of another Brighton sophomore.



    The series title, Beautiful People, has a dual meaning. First and foremost it is a derogatory term used to describe The Brighton School’s ruling social clique. This is interesting outside the context of the show. All the students in the show are sophomores. It is more likely that seniors and juniors would run the school’s social life. The second meaning was used in the promotion of the show. Physically beautiful actresses play Lynn, Karen and Sophie Kerr and that fact was used in the promotional spots prior the airing of the pilot.



    Another beauty that brings fire to the story is Jordan Madley who plays the evil Paisley Bishop. A stereotypical villainess Paisley has quickly taken on the new girl who she sees as a rival for her boyfriend Nicholas’ affections. Not above using sex to gain an advantage, Paisley is still rather two-dimensional. In fact most of the characters are not well developed to this point. Other than Sophie and her mother, character development was left for future episodes. It will be interesting to see how long it takes Gideon to realize that Annabelle is waiting for him to grow up and realize that she loves him. In that way they are reminiscent of Xander and Willow in the early years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I also look forward to learning more about the other students who are yet undefined or even named.



    Older sister Karen is obviously headed for a case of bohemia. Maybe she and Paisley can occupy adjoining stalls. Last but not least is the adult story of Lynn and Jordan offers another conflict. Past friendship probably is not sufficient to describe their former relationship. However, Jordan is married and Lynn is too recently divorced to be interested in reuniting with her old college flame.



    Beautiful people merits further viewing especially in an August filled with junk reality shows and reruns.

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  • Great start right out of the gate.

    9.7
    I may be one of the few, but I really enjoyed this show. I loved the actress playing Sophie she's a new fresh talent and I'm glad to see Daphne Zuniga getting some work again. Poor Sophie, she has to choose between Nicholas (one of the Beautiful People) and Gideon (the boy whose kind of an outcast but is a great friend). I enjoyed the storyline of the mother taking her children to New York to try and provide a better life for them. I didn't expect Lynn would now Nicholas's father and now I'm intrigued about how much of a relationship they had. Karen wanting to become a model is a little lame, as that's what almost what all teenagers want to come to New York and do, but I think the writers will make that storyline more interesting as time goes on. I hope soon Sophie slaps Paisley for being such a witch to her and everyone else. The only part that got on my nerves was the fact you could totally tell it was green screen when Sophie and Nicholas were on the roof together, but their dialogue was funny and cute and they make a cute couple. Can't wait to watch more of this show!!moreless
Brad Borbridge

Brad Borbridge

Douglas

Guest Star

Sasha Roiz

Sasha Roiz

Mr. Tabor

Guest Star

Genevieve Kang

Genevieve Kang

Madeleine

Guest Star

James McCaffrey

James McCaffrey

Julian Fiske

Recurring Role

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller

Claudette

Recurring Role

Michéle Duquet

Michéle Duquet

Rona Fiske

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Sophie: So you guys have all known each other forever.
      Annabelle: Gideon and I met the first day of pre-kindergarten.
      Gideon: Yeah our shrinks introduced us. We've all known each other since the womb once you enter all this you can never leave. It's like the Mafia.

    • Nicholas: My dad doesn't love my mom. He married her for her money.
      Sophie: My dad dumped my mom for my sister's best friend.
      Nicholas: And we have a winner!

    • Sophie: it doesn't feel like home and where I'm from doesn't either. It's weird like I've got no home. Now I sound like a pathetic character from a Dickens's novel.
      Gideon: I for one am very glad you came. Your mere presence has doubled the number of girls who talk to me. And I was thinking we could be friends that way you wouldn't have to miss me cause I'm right here.

    • Nicholas: (introduces himself) Nicholas Fiskes of the New York Fiskes.
      Sophie: I'm Sophie Kerr of the New Mexico Kerr's. Perhaps you've heard of us. Our portfolio consists of a 2002 VW compact and a bust of Sunny Rockman.
      Nicholas: Don't mistake pretension for what is, just old fashion inbreeding.

    • Sophie: This place is big.
      Lynn: Colossal.
      Sophie: We're not in New Mexico anymore.

    • Karen: Calm down woman. You're there! This is the year Sophie.
      Sophie: What year?
      Karen: Your year for sex! Tenth grade, New York, breasts. It's like the perfect storm.

    • Sophie: (chooses a credit card from Paisley's hands) Claudette (picks another card) Madelyn.
      Madelyn: Yes
      Sophie: (picks a third card) Too bad (sarcastically) I really wanted the miles.
      Paisley: (shocked) Guess this one's on me.
      Sophie: Thanks.

    • Paisley: And you're from where, Kansas?
      Sophie: New Mexico.
      Paisley: Oh so your practically Mexican. Our housekeeper, Esmeralda's, from Mexico, maybe you know her?

    • Teacher: Welcome back. I hope you all had a nice summer in whichever Hampton island or planet you people vacation on.

    • Gideon: The BPs.
      Sophie: BPs?
      Gideon: Beautiful People, which they are and we're not, thank god.
      Sophie: I can't believe you guys name your cliques.
      Gideon: It's just easier to loath something when it has a name.

    • Karen: Right now you just want the guys to check you out.
      Sophie: The guys check you out. They ignore me.
      Karen: Not since mother nature paid you a visit.

    • Karen: All that matters the first day if flirt, flirt, flirt.
      Sophie: I failed flirting remember.

    • Sophie (nervously): Um, well... I'm from New Mexico. This is my first time in New York. Uh.. I'm not that good at talking in front of people. I suffer from a mild case of topophobia, also known as stage fright. When I was little, I suffered I had agoraphobia, the fear of open spaces, but I've since licked that. I used to joke with my mom that the thing I didn't suffer from was hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, which is a fear of long words.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • The Wizard of Oz
      Sophie: We're not in New Mexico anymore.

      Sophie's line alludes to the line Dorothy said about arriving in Oz in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.

    • Lynn: (to Paisley) What did Polly Mellon say? "Less is more".

      Polly Mellon was the fashion reporter for the New York Times.

    • Vincent Van Gogh
      Gideon: Calm down, I'm not ready to start chopping off any ears yet.

      Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) was an extremely important artist of the 19th century. He was very good friends with another famous painter, Paul Gauguin. In 1888, after having a fight with Gauguin, Van Gogh returned home and took a razor to his own ear and cut downward so that the lower part of his left ear was gone. He then went and gave it to a prostitute.

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